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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffThe_Emperor_Of_Television Date: Jan 17, 2014 4:10pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: attn: Emperor of Television

Not that I know of.

A lot of old newspapers have been digitised, and are on "Google News Archive" and other sites. These often contain TV listings, and "Picks of the Week"-type sections which may contain cast listings and plot descriptions.

But they aren't complete records of TV. For example, I cannot find any cast information on "TV Department Store" (a New York City local show on WABD) or any format/cast information on "Lunch with Judy" (a Australian(?) show of 1959). That's a shame, since that means I can't make IMDb pages for them.

Information can come from unexpected places. For example, with a show called "It's Shopping Time at A&S" (1950-1951, WABD), there was virtually no cast information available...until I found an ad by the sponsor in a scan of an old newspaper, which mentioned the hosts names.

For example, when researching New York City television, I use this site, but it's slow and the search engine is unreliable:

With some programs, Google Books can be useful via scans of old Billboard issues.

EDIT: I have since found the needed info on "TV Department Store" and "Lunch with Judy", and have made IMDb pages for them.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2014-01-18 00:10:15

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Poster: katieq Date: Dec 31, 2013 10:38pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: attn: Emperor of Television

thanks Emperor :)

I know some collectors that have mirco films of most tv guides or actually tv guides, but they are not too eager to go thru them and look up shows


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Poster: R Pal Date: Jan 17, 2014 5:47pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: attn: Emperor of Television TV Guide

The Red Bank Register from New Jersey has good scans of their old paper and the related TV section.


This may also help but the emphasis is more towards Radio.